2016 Lucien Lardy "Côte du Py" Morgon

SKU #1345019 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This famed slope in Morgon has produced yet another powerful, structured wine. This one, with dark black fruit, rich tannins and plush texture, is dense and delivers great ripe fruitiness. With its tannins and acidity it will age. (RV)  (3/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Morgon Cote du Py is 20% aged in neutral oak barrels. It offers clean and precise red cherry, wild strawberry and subtle loamy tones on the nose. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, a gentle but insistent grip courtesy of its fine tannin, delivering darker, slightly more saturnine black fruit toward the spicy finish. This is possibly the best 2016 from Lucien Lardy this year and deserves applause given that it was not an easy vintage. (NM)  (8/2017)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2018 | Send Email
This full-bodied wine has a deep core of dark fruit that retains balance due to the fresh acidity the vintage imparts. A rather beefy and hearty mid-palate lends a chewy impression that lasts right through the long, fruity finish.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
Full-bodied with power and grace, this Morgon is ripe with dark cherry and plum-like fruit. The mouth-watering acidity and satisfying layers of minerality and spice make this my new go-to for a picnic charcuterie. The wine drinks lovely now, but will only grow more interesting in the next few years. At this price, drink some now and later!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
Another delightful example of how good Beaujolais can approach the complexity of Pinot from Burgundy. This new Direct Import from Morgon features lovely dark berry fruit with layers of spice and a little earth. A wonderful balancing acid keeps the wine fresh and helps with the finish. Anyone looking for a darker more complex Gamay or just wants a fantastic inexpensive everyday wine this is one to grab a few of.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2018 | Send Email
A stunning Morgon, the 2016 Lucien Lardy Morgon "Cote du Py" is a great example of the quality of the 2016 Beaujolais vintage. More classic than 2015 with cooler, wetter weather the 2016s are fresher and more lively than the rich and powerful 2015s. The 2016 is loaded with sexy aromas of black plum and spice while the palate is an intoxicating mixture of black fruits, plum and baking spices. The wine finish with excellent lift and stays on the palate for almost a minute after the last sip fades away.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.